Stockselius pointed out that the EBU is "very happy with the production of the Host Broadcaster CyBC." This year's contest will be broadcast live in all the participating countries, as well as in Azerbaijan and Bosnia & Herzegovina. It will also be taped and then shown in Australia!
The Executive Supervisor also talked about the changes in this year's contest. "We need a bit of a balance," he stated about the change in voting. Namely, this year a mixed 50% televote and 50% jury vote will be used. Also, the amount of kids on the stage has decreased from 8 to 6, similarly to the adult version of the contest.
Starting from this year the participating young stars don't have to write their entry all by themselves but they can have some help with it. "The EBU wants the rule of the kids being the author(s) of the songs to remain in place," Stockselius said.
He was also very pleased with the co-operation between the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and UNICEF. "It's a perfect match," he commented. There's also a documentary being released in cinemas all over Europe about the contest, titled Feels Like Teen Spirit.
As for the Eurovision Song Contest, he revealed that it is possible we are heading towards a record number of participants once again.
The 2008 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on Saturday at 20:15 CET in Lemesos, Cyprus. Check out the website of the event for more news, photos, videos and more!